Planet 7D

A hangout for Canon EOS 7D photographers and videoshooters

First day out with my new 7D Mark II...

This is not really a (p)review, just a few initial thoughts and impressions from a first time user of Canons new top APS-C camera, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

I got my new "cannon" Thursday last week, but didn't find time to play with it before Sunday where I choose to get my feet wet at the traditional horse race, Hubertusjagten, in Dyrehaven north of Copenhagen.

Coming from a 50D I'm not only taking a step up with the new 7D Mark II, I'm also moving 6 years ahead. So I was of course exited to get out and play with my new "toy".

I had not had any time to read the camera manual or do my personal configurations on the camera, but still immediately got some fun at the jumps in Ulvedalene shooting 10 frames per second in Servo AF mode. I was shooting RAW+JPG, but since my favorite RAW processing software is not yet updated for the new camera, all edits here are based on JPG-versions.

I was quite surprised how silent and damped the shutter was compared to my 50D's. And shooting 10 frames per second at an action event is great fun - Hmmm, and a killer to your memorycards capacity...

I had one Compactflash memorycard of UDMA 7 type. When I had filled it up with my bursts, I changed to a Sandisk Extreme Ducati Edition card, which a few years ago was some one the fastest memorycards you could get. But what a major step down that was for 7DII! It felt like shooting with a completely different camera much less suited for action. They are not cheap, but if you want to combine RAW format and action, you have to get some of those UDMA 7 type Compactflash memorycards!

Shooting the riders jumping in Ulvedalene was great fun, but the real big surprise to me came later at the water basin, Magasindammen. The popular wet spot where horses jump into the water was totally crowded when I arrived, and I had no choice but to use my camera over the head from long distance with live-view and my 70-300mm telezoom attached. I could hardly see the cameradisplay in the sun, so I was shooting half-blind, and I had no idea of what AF-configuration I was shooting with on my new camera. But I think must have been shooting in some kind of "dual pixel tracking" mode (and maybe with face-detection?), because I got so many photos with at least one rider sharp. DualPixel AF REALLY seems awesome, I'm impressed.

I think the very tight crops here shows what I mean. And this is just a few from many photos with great potential. Some say you should always credit the photographer, not the tool. But in this case I might actually agree on a comprise saying 50-50 ;-) ...

Except for this last less-action shot, all posted photos are actually approx. 1/3rd-1/4th crops. I guess I got to learn to get closer at my next action event :-) ...